鈥淭o have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.鈥滭/p>
~ Joseph Campbell
Wondering how to make an art studio that you’ll love? Deciding to create your own studio space can be one of the most important things you ever do as an artist.
After all, if you鈥檙e serious about getting creative, you鈥檒l need a space you can truly call your own – one that鈥檚 free from distractions and full of things to inspire you.
It doesn鈥檛 have to impress other people and it certainly doesn鈥檛 have to be expensive. It鈥檚 your 鈥榮acred place鈥 where you go each day to be awesome. Here are five ways to get you started:
1. Why It鈥檚 Important To Make An Art Studio
One of the great things about making art is that, as long as you鈥檝e got your materials to hand, you鈥檙e good to go.
However, while it鈥檚 cool to do some urban sketching or haul your backpack up mountains for some landscape painting, it鈥檚 often difficult to find the right space for creativity within your own four walls.
Think about it. You鈥檙e sitting at a table in your bedroom, trying to paint or mastering a new technique in Photoshop that you鈥檙e certain will give you the effects you want.
So far, so good. Except your cellphone鈥檚 buzzing with another Facebook or Twitter notification, there鈥檚 something you want to watch on TV coming up soon and your kid sister or brother is just sooo annoying鈥ot to mention your parents disturbing you every five minutes!
Sound familiar? Wouldn鈥檛 it be awesome if you could have a space free from all these distractions? The good news is you can! And, it doesn鈥檛 have to cost a bomb either.
Deciding to make an art studio will give the space you really need to develop your ideas beyond the sketchbook and get some serious work done. Why is it so important?
Because having a designated creative space to go to will help you develop a designated routine. Rather than seeing art as something you try and fit into your day when you have a spare five minutes, you鈥檒l start seeing the creative process as a job, albeit a hugely enjoyable one!
When you enter your studio, nothing else should matter other than the process of making art. Leave your cellphone elsewhere and don鈥檛 worry about the clock.
In fact, don鈥檛 even have a clock anywhere near you. You鈥檙e in here to make art and nothing else, so time doesn鈥檛 matter.
Even a cluttered basement like this could be turned into a home art studio with a little forward planning
2. Things To Consider When You Make An Art Studio
Once you鈥檝e decided to make an art studio, it鈥檚 worth taking some time to consider where it should be located and how it should look. Perhaps there鈥檚 a spare room in your house or a corner of the garage or basement where you could work?
Alternatively, take a look in the attic鈥ould all that clutter be cleared out to make way for your creativity?
Some of the main things to look for are:
Is there enough space for the art you want to make? If you like to paint on canvas, it鈥檚 worth considering whether there鈥檚 enough room for an easel or a suitable wall to hang your work on.
Will you have enough space to step away from your canvas and consider your next brushstroke? Is the floor strong enough to take the weight of your equipment?
If you like to work digitally, are there enough sockets for your computer and do you need you get a network cable installed? If you have wireless internet, is there a good enough signal?
What鈥檚 the light like? Natural light can be a huge asset when making art, so having a large window is a major advantage. However, don鈥檛 worry if your only light source is electricity 鈥 a natural daylight bulb or lamp can be a great compromise.
Is there space for an ideas wall? Having an area where you can pin ideas up is great for inspiration.
These can be anything you like 鈥 newspaper or magazine cuttings, photos of your fave artists, musicians, writers or actors, club flyers or even marketing material.
Some artists have even been known to collect things like candy wrappers to help provide inspiration for colors!
3. Making An Art Studio And Keeping It Personal
Once you鈥檝e found a suitable space for an art studio, it鈥檚 up to you to own it. Fill it with the things which inspire you most and remember it鈥檚 all about you and no one else.
We all have favorite things which give us inspiration 鈥 it could be a mascot, a piece of writing or a particular piece of art that never fails to get us thinking creatively.
Some artists find they prefer to listen to music while they work, while others prefer absolute silence. This is up to you, but here鈥檚 one very important thing to remember.
Do not – we repeat do not – use your cellphone for music under any circumstances. Why? Because as well as listening to your favorite tunes, you鈥檒l also be open to all the distractions of social media, emails and time-watching.
Don鈥檛 get us wrong 鈥 we love scrolling through our Twitter feed as much as anyone else. It鈥檚 just that there鈥檚 a time and a place for it. And that place ain鈥檛 your studio.
4. Get Some Help With Home Art Studio Ideas
If, after looking at home art studio ideas, it looks like you鈥檙e going to need some help to make an art studio, don鈥檛 be afraid to ask!
Remember all the hours pops spends tinkering in the garage or in the basement on some random DIY thing? You鈥檒l probably find his eyes will light up when you throw a new project his way.
It鈥檚 a known fact of life that men of a certain age develop a liking for power tools, so your dad will probably be only too happy to put his new cordless drill or electric saw to good use in helping you.
Failing that, ask yourself what you really – I mean really – actually need to make an art studio.
You might not need a huge fancy desk with a drawing board 鈥 it might be just as effective to keep it simple with a table, chair and your PC or canvas and easel.
Incidentally, you don鈥檛 need to go to a specialist art store to buy an easel 鈥 you should find your local homeware store has a wide range of art materials to suit all your needs.
5. Look At The Studios Of Other Artists
Every artist has their own way of working, so when you make your art studio, it鈥檚 worth taking a look at how other artists have designed theirs.
Some artists insist on keeping everything clean and minimal, while others prefer things a little (or a lot) messy.
For example, the studio of famous UK painter, Francis Bacon, was notoriously cluttered with paints, magazines and all manner of randomness which just left enough space to stand in the middle and paint!
Alternatively, the studio space of David Hockney is a masterclass in minimalism 鈥 a clean, uncluttered and 眉ber -chic place in which to create.
Has this article persuaded you to make an art studio? Perhaps you already have one? Get in touch or upload pics of your studio to our Facebook or Twitter pages (yes, we鈥檙e not in the studio right now!) or send us your tips 鈥 we鈥檇 love to hear from you guys!